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OCT
10
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ABC Orders More 'Shark Tank' (Exclusive)

The network has picked up two more episodes of the series, which this season will feature the sharks offering a record $20 million-plus to the budding entrepreneurs.

Shark Tank Season 5 Cast - H 2013
ABC/Bob D'Amico

ABC is has picked up two more episodes of Shark Tank, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. That brings the total order for season five to 24 episodes.

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In this season of Shark Tank, the sharks -- Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Kevin O'Leary, Daymond John, Barbara Corcoran and Mark Cuban -- will offer budding entrepreneurs a total of over $20 million, a series record. (New York Giants chairman and executive vp Steve Tisch and Paul Mitchell mogul John Paul DeJoria also serve as guest sharks in season five.)

The additional-episodes pickup comes on the heels of CNBC's acquisition of off-network cable rights to the series, which consistently wins its time period in the 18-49 and 25-54 demos. Shark Tank, produced by Sony Pictures Television, airs at 9 p.m. Fridays on ABC.

This week's episode features singer Brian McKnight performing for the sharks when he joins an entrepreneurial DJ from San Diego pitching a syndicated radio show specializing in love song dedications.

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Other entrepreneurs include a self-described "beach family" from Huntington Beach, Calif., who pitch distinctive skateboards that glide like a surfboard; a young man from Provo, Utah, with a smartphone QR code-scanning technology; and a father and his two teenage daughters who have invented an easy way to patch small holes in window and door screens.